Research in GLS aims at understanding at the molecular level how plants deal with biotic and abiotic constraints, how they interact with insects (herbivores, pollinators), microbes and other organisms and how they diversified during evolution. Plants are the world's primary source for food, raw materials for industry, and they provide the oxygen we breathe. Although the health of plants is constantly challenged in both natural and agronomic ecosystems, plants can master most challenges. Knowledge of the genetics and biochemistry of processes in plants can be translated into improvement of agricultural crops and plant protection schemes.
The plant research groups participate in the Centre for BioSystems Genomics (CBSG), one of the four centres of excellence of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative. To further strengthen the ties in the Amsterdam area, the Amsterdam Platform for Plant Science has been launched. The plant research groups have a tradition in collaborating with industrial partners, mainly plant breeding companies. These research groups operate within the national graduate school Experimental Plant Science (EPS).
The MSc study track Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences gives you the opportunity to combine training in the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical ecology, ecogenomics, biotechnology, plant breeding, phytopathology, cell biology, biochemistry and population biology. This enables students to develop an integrated view of the functioning of plants.
The research groups in the SILS research theme Green Life Sciences collaborate closely with the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) in the Faculty Research Priority Area "Green Life Sciences".